decorative pots

pansy2pansy2 Posts: 28

Hi all , I have been given a large pot for my patio.  What can you reccomend to plant in it.   It is 18" tall and on the bottom is stamped 75 litres which I assume is what it holds .  It is black and made from something that resembles terracotta but won't be damaged by frost. My patio faces South East so it is full sun until 4pm.   I used to have a lot of pots but started to cut them down because of the watering but I have been given this pot by a friend who is a frequent visitor so I can't just stick it somewhere and forget it.  What shall i put in it, Help please.


  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    It depends a bit on your own tastes, and what else you have on your patio.

    If the pot is black then that suggests something stylish. Personally I'd have gone for something like a small bamboo (upright and evergreen, but not very original), or perhaps an agave, or a selection of alpines or succulents, or maybe a Zantedecia (can look good in a black pot).

    Make sure that the pot has a decent drainage hole.

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,136

    Pansy2, I would put a Thuja plicata in your pot, it is a small slow growing Golden Conifer I have had some for years and they give a year round show for little effort apart from a light trim and a feed now and then. They like a slightly acid soil and the gold turns to bronze in the winter. They are fully hardy and mine have dried out a couple of times with no ill effect. Taxus another Conifer is more vertical but still golden and slow growing, the scent from the conifers is quite nice too, well I like it.


  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Why not just fill it with trailling plants - you can get a tray of container/trailing plants for £8 in B&Q. There is nothing more attractive then a beautiful selection of trailing plants in a container. Set against the black of the pot - it will look fab !!!

  • pansy2pansy2 Posts: 28

    We are a bit far from a B&Q but next time I'm in a garden centre I will look for trailing plants but I quite like the Thuja idea too as it will look good all year round.  I already have a pot of bamboo on the patio.  It's the one with black stems and it does look good against the yellow wall.  Thanks for the ideas folks.

  • what about ivy,nursturstiums,and pansies

  • AtillaAtilla Posts: 1,493

    The Goldcrest Cypress is a lovely pale yellow colour, lemon scented when you run your hands through it, naturally pyramid shaped and take a good pruning/topiary. That is the one that I would go for. Thuja plicata is dull in comparison. You can plant flowers around it (Pansies, Primula and Ivy look good around it)

    Bamboo is a good idea as the black pot will contrast with the green of the Bamboo. You will need to keep it well watered as they drink gallons of water in summer.

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Do bamboo's survive our winters if there planted in pots ?  I'm thinking of getting one, but it will have to live in a pot.

  • AtillaAtilla Posts: 1,493

    I had had Bamboo in pots for the past 5 years (so the worst winters) and they came out fine. I find the wind is worst for defoliating them, but they refoliate in spring, so no a worry. I have Asian Wonder, P.Nigra and Fargesia murielae if that helps?

  • gardengirl6gardengirl6 Posts: 223

    One plant that is ideal for pots is the agapanthus.   The tighter they are potted, the more they flower. 

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Very similar to a maple, of which I have many - should co-exist nicely.

    Cheers blairs - it does. 

    I love agapanthus gardengirl, I had one but it didn't survive the winter of 10/11 - I was so sad when spring arrived image, had, had it years too. Luckly, I have some seeds left over from a flowershow visit, so I've taken a chance and sown them - they are a few years old like. If they take, they take, and if they don't, they don't. I'll go and buy another specimen. One can only try.

  • gardengirl6gardengirl6 Posts: 223

    I leave my agapanthus outdoors during the winter, but I do move the pots to a sheltered spot and cover them with fleece.   I just love their flowers.   I think they must take some years to grow from seed.    Better to see if you know someone who is dividing their potful.     Mind you, I have divided mine some years ago, and found it very difficult.    Once out of their pots, I tried the old back-to-back forks method, but it just didn't work.    In the end I got a saw, and sawed straight through the clump and then again, into quarters.    It worked, and all pieces grew and flowered again.

  • pansy2pansy2 Posts: 28

    Hi Blairs, does the goldcrest cypress have a Latin name Please?   I don't think i will find it under that name in France. What a clever lot you are, so many good ideas so here is another question:- I have a very large clump of day lily (hemoarcallis- maybe?) it has orange flowers, how can I divide it and when please?

  • AtillaAtilla Posts: 1,493

    Of course, <span class="st">Cupressus macrocarpa. It is widely sold around the world, am sure including France.

  • Another suggestion - dwarf fruit tree. Apples, pears, plums, cherries or even something more exotic if you have the climate.

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